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On the Bowery Blu-ray

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The Films of Lionel Rogosin, Vol. 1 Milestone | 1957-1966 | 2 Movies | 135 min | Not rated | Feb 21, 2012

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Original aspect ratio: 1.37:1

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On the Bowery

 (1957-1966)

On the Bowery Blu-ray delivers stunning video and decent audio in this exceptional Blu-ray release

In 1956, Ray, a younger man, arrives on New York City's skid row, enters a bar and buys a few drinks. He meets Gorman, who, when Ray passes out, steals his suitcase. Over the next two days, Ray and Gorman keep crossing paths on the Bowery, a street of lost souls.

For more about On the Bowery and the On the Bowery Blu-ray release, see On the Bowery Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.5 out of 5.

Starring: Ray Salyer, Gorman Hendricks, Frank Matthews
Director: Lionel Rogosin


This Blu-ray bundle includes the following titles, see individual titles for specs and details:


On the Bowery
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Good Times, Wonderful Times
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On the Bowery Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.5 of 5

Restored by the Cineteca di Bologna, On the Bowery arrives in a 1080p, AVC-encoded presentation with deep blacks and such extraordinary clarity that it's almost painful to look at. The fine delineations of grays, whites and black provide depth to the image in a way that makes the film seem almost new, even as it's clear from the vehicles, streets and clothing that the scenes are from a bygone era. Here and there, a vertical scratch betrays the age of the negative, but most such flaws have been removed in the restoration. Film grain is present if you look for it, but it's extremely fine; this was still an era when cameramen knew how to shoot in black-and-white, and labs knew how to process it. In this presentation, there is no escaping the battered faces of the men and women depicted in On the Bowery. If you watch the film, you will see them up close and personal.

A similar evaluation applies to the contemporary portions of Good Times, Wonderful Times, which was also restored by the Cineteca di Bologna and is also presented in a 1080p, AVC-encoded Blu-ray. The Sixties clothing and hairstyles (both the good and the bad) are fully on display, and the quality of the presentation creates a sharp visual contrast with the battered and often blurry newsreel-quality of the war footage. (But not blurry enough; the post-Hiroshima images could easily give someone nightmares.) Rogosin spent several years traveling around the world gathering this footage, and presumably the restoration team made the best of it they could.


On the Bowery Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  3.0 of 5

Both films feature their original mono tracks presented as PCM 2.0. Both tracks have acceptable fidelity, considering their age and budget, but neither has a wide dynamic range. Dialogue is clear in both of them. The distinctive score composed by Charles Mills for On the Bowery plays with haunting clarity. The sound editing for Good Times, Wonderful Times (by Stephen Dalby, who also worked on Alfie and Repulsion) is more elaborate, contrasting a cheesy party tune with ominous percussion to underscore the war footage. The PCM track's bass extension was sufficient to engage my subwoofer when the percussion kicked in, which made the effect that much more unsettling.



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This Week on Blu-ray: February 21-28 - February 20, 2012

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On the Bowery Blu-ray - November 29, 2011

Next year, Milestone Film & Video will bring On the Bowery to Blu-ray. Director Lionel Rogosin's classic mixture of documentary and staged footage takes a hard-hitting look at life in New York City's skid row, circa 1957. Newly remastered in 2K from the Cineteca ...




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